How do I run a report that combines all sub-domains to the same domain entry?

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Secure Web Gateway

Unified Threat Management

Glamis onwards

Summary:

I want to see how many times a domain has been visited, but my report keeps treating help.smoothwall.net and kb.smoothwall.net as two different sites. Surely they're the same?

Problem:

A lot of companies are utilizing sub-domains to break out different areas of their online presence. For example, here at Smoothwall we use smoothwall.net for our company website with a help. sub-domain for our product documentation, and a kb. sub-domain for our knowledge base.

There are times when it is useful to see a report for how many times Smoothwall has been visited, rather than one part of domain. You can create a custom report using the Domain activity section, which has the option to combine such entries, making for a more manageable report.

Note: Combining sub-domains into a single domain entry renders your report unsuitable for drill-down or feed-forward reporting. This is because the domains are only combined for that specific reporting instance; the underlying reporting data is not changed.

Solution:

  1. Create a custom report as detailed in https://help.smoothwall.net/Latest/Content/cgi-bin/reports/reports.htm.
  2. From the Available sections box, open the Guardian3 folder.
  3. Select Domain activity and add it to the Included sections box.
  4. From the new section that appears at the bottom of the page, click the Options tab.
  5. Click Advanced.
  6. Scroll down to the URL parsing panel.
  7. Select Root domain.
  8. Add other relevant sections, options, and filters to the report.
  9. Scroll back to the top of the page and click Create report.

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27th June 2016

Samantha Nair

 

 

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